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Ukulele – April meeting

Music Halls, featuring Music Hall songs and performers, such as Florrie Forde and Marie Lloyd, grew in popularity from the late 1880s, and were very popular in the first quarter of the 20th Century.  After 1945, the songs themselves continued to live on in pub piano singalongs.  We reviewed the old Music Hall songs, such […]

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – April

Just Jazz? People always say that one of the advantages of retirement is that we have all the time we need to do the things we have always wanted to do but never had the time to do so!  The first things retired people tell us is that they have never been so busy…. something […]

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Music Appreciation (Friday) – March & April meetings

At our March meeting we listened to a programme of music by Chopin, including a selection of pieces for solo piano and his first Piano Concerto.  We also heard Alexander Glazonov’s Chopiniana which later appeared as the music for the Ballet ‘Les Sylphides’, first produced by Mikhail Fokine in 1907, and a young Stravinsky’s arrangement […]

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Music Appreciation (Tuesday) – March meeting

We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 10am and our March meeting contained just two works.  We began with the ‘Piano Sonata No 17 in G Major (The Tempest)’ by Beethoven.  This is one of three sonatas written during 1803 to 1804 under the Opus 31 label and we are now over […]

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Music Appreciation (Friday) – February meeting

At our February meeting we listened to ballet music featured in the Operas of Carl Maria Weber, Amilcare Ponchielli and Giuseppe Verdi.  These were added to the performances usually after the third act of a four act opera and, in most instances, bore no relation the the content of of the operas concerned.  We also […]

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – March

In the Listening to Jazz group recently, individual members have been asked to choose several examples of work by one of their favourite musicians.  After a session by myself on tenor saxist Stan Getz, we have heard something of the work of Dave Brubeck and more recently, the pianist Brad Meldhau.  The general feeling amongst […]

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Music Appreciation (Tuesday) – February meeting

We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 10am.  In February we continued with our plan to listen to all the Beethoven (1770-1827) piano sonatas when we reached the ‘Piano Sonata No 16 in G Major’.  This is the first sonata in the Middle Period of Beethoven’s development of the piano sonata.  The […]

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Ukulele – February meeting

In February, we had fun playing and singing songs from within the theme of ‘Colours’, eg: Blue Moon, Paint It Black, Yellow Rose of Texas, Red River Valley, Hi Ho Silver Lining.  Some of us (Strictly Ukuleles) also delighted audiences with performances in two local care homes.  If you would like to join us, do […]